Super furry and teddy bear-like, Pomeranians are among the most loved dogs ever. They pack a huge personality in their tiny bodies and are almost always exploding with energy. Just like any other dog, they love treats, walks, and attention.
While all this is cute and adorable, the problem comes when you realize that Pomeranians have the habit of barking quite a lot. In fact, sometimes they go on incessant barking episodes that have the potential to drive you up the wall. It gets worse when the barking is at night, and no matter what you do, they refuse to calm down.
Well, if you are exhausted and would really like to put an end to all the unnecessary barking, you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to give you tips on how to stop a Pomeranian from barking all the time.
How to Stop a Pomeranian from Barking?
- Give him a lot of exercises
Pomeranians are very curious and love nature. They love walking because they get to explore many new things. Give your little friend the opportunity to go on these little exploration trips every day. Use a retractable leash so that he feels free to check out new areas. You can also make these walks exciting by bringing a ball along and making him chase it in the park. A worn-out dog is a happy dog who barks less. Regular exercise can significantly bring down the barking.
- Ensure he is engaged
This is as an extension of the point as mentioned earlier. Bored Pomeranians don’t know what to do. So, they just bark! Remember, these dogs have a lot of energy and need some means to let it out. If they have nothing else to do, they will bark for no reason. Give your Pomeranian toys and chew treats to keep him engaged. Spend time with him and take him out whenever possible. Dogs love that!
- Give him attention
Your Pomeranian is probably barking incessantly because he is seeking your attention. You may have ten things to take care of, but at the end of the day, your dog only has you. You are the center of his world, and if you don’t give him attention, he will feel left out and sad. This will cause him to bark in a bid to catch your eye. It is his way of saying that he wants you to spend time with him. Always, always make time for your pet. It is a stress-buster for both of you! Plus, your Pomeranian is your family member and ignoring him is borderline abusive.
- Show him who the boss is
Simple training tactics can help reduce barking. For example, your dog needs to know that you are the alpha or the pack leader. Whenever he barks without reason, stand in front of him and do not move. Stay still until he gives up. This simple technique will make him calm and submissive. Regular practice goes a long way in this regard.
Also, during training (or at any other point, really) you should not show aggressive behavior. Punishing your dog or yelling at him will not curb the barking. It will make him more aggressive and/or anxious. Scared dogs are dangerous dogs because they get overly protective about themselves and can end up biting you or strangers. Positive reinforcement and patience are the best ways to train our dogs. Pomeranians, being extroverts, need to learn to stay calm and that’s only possible through patience, treats, and training. Please do not abuse your dog! Just give him lots of love and treats.
- Identify the stimulus and Act accordingly
Pomeranians may bark for several reasons besides the ones mentioned above. These include doorbell noise, strangers’ footsteps, loud noises at home, a specific object that they don’t like, and separation anxiety. Identifying the reason behind the barking can help you act in the right direction. It is all about understanding how your dog feels. If you can remove the stimulus, please do so. If not, train your dog to get used to it.
Every dog needs training because he is not born having learned all the human rules. Trained dogs who get lots of attention and love from their owners are generally much calmer, more disciplined, and happier than dogs that aren’t.
All the best! Be nice, be patient, and stop your Pomeranian from barking through positive ways.